Well, there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Unconfirmed, but comes from a reliable sources. The news that Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 will not be released for existing devices.

Instead, Redmond only plans to make it available on new models.

This latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 was recently spotted on a number of new devices that Microsoft and partners showcased at MWC 2015 in Barcelona earlier this month. Many believed that this was to be another set of improvements that will make their way to the public.

In order to keep the existing handsets updated and pave the road for Windows 10 for Phones.

It turns out that this may not be the case.

Paul Thurrott has it on good authority that this version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system will not roll out on existing handsets:

Although Windows Phone Update 8.1 Update 2, also known as Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 only brings a small set of improvements, this strategy of only bundling it on new hardware means that owners will have to wait until Windows 10 launches later this year to update their smartphone.

This could potentially annoy and alienate more users that are already frustrated at the slow pace at which Microsoft refreshes its mobile operating system — and there are many of them around.

Unconfirmed, but let’s hope, unfounded.

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  1. Redmond should no longer wonder why they’re losing market-share. With moves like this, where their base supporters are consistently slighted, it’s no wonder distain builds for the OS. Just another slap in the face…

  2. This is ridiculous. Who is handling the Windows Phone strategy? They seem clueless. They want put a flag ship phone out there that beats out everyone as far as looks and specs. It doesn’t matter if they sell a lot. People need to see a wow Windows Phone just so they know what can be. Then they basically ignore the current platform because something new is coming out. That’s why they didn’t see another year where they sold twice as many phones as the previous, They’ve been ignoring 8.1 for almost a year now.

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